New site for business incubator: Innovation hub plans announced at Gig East tech conference

November 2, 2018

The latest investment in downtown development was a part of the third Gig East gathering as City Manager Grant Goings announced the planned Wilson Innovation Hub would now be located at 127 Goldsboro St. Earlier this year, officials said a $1.1 million grant from the Golden Leaf Foundation would be used in conjunction with $1.6 million from the city to renovate 121 Nash St. into the entrepreneurial epicenter. Rebecca Agner, Wilson communications and marketing director, said the renovation of the Upper Coastal Plain Business Development Center became cost-prohibitive and spurred officials to shift the plan to Goldsboro Street. “One result of our strategic plan was the need to have a center for innovation. A place where people could come with like-minded entrepreneurs to gather, learn from each other, to have a co-working space and a home base that would represent the innovation economy in Wilson,” Goings said. “… We hope the hub will be a gathering space for events and interests in the technology sector. “We believe that we are on the path for Wilson to become the epicenter of smart city technologies.”



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